Officials performance to be evaluated in context of Progress launch failure
MOSCOW, August 25 - RAPSI. The Prosecutor General has ordered an evaluation of government officials performance in the lead-up to the Progress М-12М cargo spacecrafts falling, and also the failure to launch the Express- АМ4 satellite into its final orbit, the prosecutors office reports.
"The Prosecutor General has instructed the Baikonur Space Centers prosecutor to check officials compliance with legislation in the manufacturing and launching processes. The prosecutor has been ordered to work jointly with experts in order to identify the reasons for the spacecrafts booster malfunction, and to evaluate officials performance from a legal perspective," reads the report.
A Proton-M launch vehicle with a Briz-M upper stage was launched on August 18 from the Baikonur space center. The upper stage malfunctioned during the flight. As a result, the Express- AM4 did not reach its final orbit.
On August 24, a Soyuz-U booster with the Progress М-12М cargo vehicle was launched from Baikonur. The boosters engines failed and the space vehicle fell into Altai Territory.